City continues to prioritize cycling education, opportunities and infrastructure – City of Mississauga
Over the past year, Mississauga has continued to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many residents have turned to outdoor cycling as a free and fun activity to help them stay active. The bicycle also allowed residents to make essential trips – to the grocery store or to medical appointments. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of cycling infrastructure. Many residents depend on it every day to get where they need to go.
Approved in 2018, the City’s Cycling Master Plan guides the development and operation of cycling infrastructure in Mississauga over the next 25 years. In 2020, the City has approached each of the four objectives of the Cycling Master Plan in various ways:
Improving cyclist safety in Mississauga
The City continued to install bicycle signals to improve the safety of cyclists when crossing intersections. By year’s end, 27 sets of cycle signals were in place across Mississauga – 18 of which were installed by the city and nine by the Region of Peel. the Share the trail a campaign has also been launched to help educate pedestrians and cyclists on shared trail etiquette which ensures the safety of all trail users. Campaign signage continues to be piloted along the Lake Aquitaine and Lake Wabukayne trail networks in Ward 9. Residents can always share their thoughts on signage. online.
Increase the number of bike trips in Mississauga
The City has installed automated counters on various multi-use and cycle paths across the city to understand the number of bike trips that occur in Mississauga. In 2020, 955,729 cyclists were counted on the Etobicoke Creek and Waterfront trails, a 122% increase from 2019.
Building a connected, practical and comfortable cycling network
The City invested $ 5.62 million in cycling infrastructure in 2020. This included the construction of 14.5 km of new cycling infrastructure and 5 km of cycling infrastructure. temporary active transportation routes. This has made it safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists to exercise in their neighborhood and make local trips. The City also continued to set up bicycle repair stations along the Mississauga trails that residents can use free of charge. Bike repair stations are available along the Etobicoke Creek Trail, at Jack Darling Park, and at the corner of Sheridan Park Drive and Fifth Line West.
Foster a culture of cycling
The City engaged with residents interested in cycling through three online cycling webinars that attracted just over 100 participants. In addition, social media has been used to provide information relating to cycling infrastructure, programs and services.
To learn more about Mississauga’s cycling master plan, cycling network, infrastructure, bike safety, programs and events, visit mississaugabikes.ca.